Welcome to my third annual Oscar Reaction section in which I apply a rigorous intellectual vigor and social analysis of this year’s nominees… WITH SMILIES! Smilies and memes are the new discourse after all.
“Black Swan” 🙂 😳
“The Fighter” 😀
“Inception” 🙄 😐
“The Kids Are All Right” 😉
“The King’s Speech” 😀
“127 Hours” 😥
“The Social Network” 😐
“Toy Story 3″ 😐
“True Grit” 🙂
“Winter’s Bone” 😯 🙂
Achievement in directing…
“Black Swan” (Fox Searchlight), Darren Aronofsky 🙂
“The Fighter” (Paramount), David O. Russell 😀 😛
“The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company), Tom Hooper
“The Social Network” (Sony Pictures Releasing), David Fincher 😕
“True Grit” (Paramount), Joel Coen and Ethan Coen 😯 😐 😐
Performance by an actor in a leading role…
Javier Bardem in “Biutiful” (Roadside Attractions) 😯 😡 ❓ 🙄
Jeff Bridges in “True Grit” (Paramount) 😯 😀 😛
Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network” (Sony Pictures Releasing) 🙂 😎
Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company) 😀
James Franco in “127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight) 🙂
Performance by an actress in a leading role…
Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right” (Focus Features) 🙂
Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole” (Lionsgate) 😯 😐 😕
Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone” (Roadside Attractions) 🙂
Natalie Portman in “Black Swan” (Fox Searchlight) 🙂
Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine” (The Weinstein Company) 😀
Performance by an actor in a supporting role…
Christian Bale in “The Fighter” (Paramount) 😀 😀 😀 😀 😆
John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone” (Roadside Attractions) 😯
Jeremy Renner in “The Town” (Warner Bros.) 😐
Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right” (Focus Features) 😀 😀 😛
Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company) 🙂
Performance by an actress in a supporting role…
Amy Adams in “The Fighter” (Paramount) 🙂
Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company) 🙂
Melissa Leo in “The Fighter” (Paramount) 🙂
Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”(Paramount) 🙂 😉
Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom” (Sony Pictures Classics) 🙂 😛
“127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight), Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy 😯 ❓ ❓ 😡
“The Social Network” (Sony Pictures Releasing), Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
“Toy Story 3? (Walt Disney), Screenplay by Michael Arndt, Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
“True Grit” (Paramount), Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen 😛
“Winter’s Bone” (Roadside Attractions), Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini 🙂
“Another Year” (Sony Pictures Classics), Written by Mike Leigh 😯 😀 😀
“The Fighter” (Paramount), Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson, Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
“Inception” (Warner Bros.), Written by Christopher Nolan 🙄 😡
“The Kids Are All Right” (Focus Features), Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg 😐
“The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company), Screenplay by David Seidler 🙂
Best animated feature film of the year…
“How to Train Your Dragon” (Paramount), Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois 😀
“The Illusionist” (Sony Pictures Classics), Sylvain Chomet 🙂
“Toy Story 3? (Walt Disney), Lee Unkrich
Achievement in art direction…
“Alice in Wonderland” (Walt Disney), Production Design: Robert Stromberg, Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara 😡
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1? (Warner Bros.), Production Design: Stuart Craig, Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan 🙂
“Inception” (Warner Bros.), Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas, Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat 🙂
“The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company), Production Design: Eve Stewart, Set Decoration: Judy Farr
“True Grit” (Paramount), Production Design: Jess Gonchor, Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
Achievement in cinematography…
“Black Swan” (Fox Searchlight), Matthew Libatique 🙂
“Inception” (Warner Bros.), Wally Pfister 😀 🙂
“The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company), Danny Cohen
“The Social Network” (Sony Pictures Releasing), Jeff Cronenweth 🙂
“True Grit” (Paramount), Roger Deakins
Achievement in costume design…
“Alice in Wonderland” (Walt Disney), Colleen Atwood 😡 😡
“I Am Love” (Magnolia Pictures), Antonella Cannarozzi 😀 😀
“The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company), Jenny Beavan
“The Tempest” (Miramax), Sandy Powell
“True Grit” (Paramount), Mary Zophres
Best documentary feature…
“Exit through the Gift Shop” (Producers Distribution Agency), A Paranoid Pictures Production, Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz 🙂 😛
“Gasland”, A Gasland Production, Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
“Inside Job” (Sony Pictures Classics), A Representational Pictures Production, Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
“Restrepo” (National Geographic Entertainment), An Outpost Films Production, Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger 😐
“Waste Land” (Arthouse Films), An Almega Projects Production, Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley
Best documentary short subject…
“Killing in the Name”, A Moxie Firecracker Films Production, Nominees to be determined
“Poster Girl”, A Portrayal Films Production, Nominees to be determined
“Strangers No More”, A Simon & Goodman Picture Company Production, Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
“Sun Come Up”, A Sun Come Up Production, Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger
“The Warriors of Qiugang”, A Thomas Lennon Films Production, Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon
Achievement in film editing…
“Black Swan” (Fox Searchlight), Andrew Weisblum 🙂
“The Fighter” (Paramount), Pamela Martin
“The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company), Tariq Anwar
“127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight), Jon Harris 🙂 🙂
“The Social Network” (Sony Pictures Releasing), Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter 🙂
Best foreign language film of the year…
“Biutiful” (Roadside Attractions), A Menage Atroz, Mod Producciones and Ikiru Films Production, Mexico
“Dogtooth” (Kino International), A Boo Production, Greece 😀 😯 😀
“In a Better World” (Sony Pictures Classics), A Zentropa Production, Denmark
“Incendies” (Sony Pictures Classics), A Micro-Scope Production, Canada
“Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)” (Cohen Media Group), A Tassili Films Production, Algeria
Achievement in makeup…
“Barney’s Version” (Sony Pictures Classics), Adrien Morot 😯 😐
“The Way Back” (Newmarket Films in association with Wrekin Hill Entertainment and Image Entertainment), Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng 😯
“The Wolfman” (Universal), Rick Baker and Dave Elsey
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)…
“How to Train Your Dragon” (Paramount), John Powell 😯
“Inception” (Warner Bros.), Hans Zimmer 🙂
“The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company), Alexandre Desplat 🙂
“127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight), A.R. Rahman ❓ 😡
“The Social Network” (Sony Pictures Releasing), Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross 😀 🙂 😀
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)…
“Coming Home” from “Country Strong” (Sony Pictures Releasing (Screen Gems)), Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey 🙄
“I See the Light” from “Tangled” (Walt Disney), Music by Alan Menken, Lyric by Glenn Slater 🙄
“If I Rise” from “127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight), Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong 🙄
“We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3? (Walt Disney), Music and Lyric by Randy Newman 🙄
Best animated short film…
“Day & Night” (Walt Disney), A Pixar Animation Studios Production, Teddy Newton
“The Gruffalo”, A Magic Light Pictures Production, Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
“Let’s Pollute”, A Geefwee Boedoe Production, Geefwee Boedoe
“The Lost Thing”, (Nick Batzias for Madman Entertainment), A Passion Pictures Australia Production, Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
“Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)”, A Sacrebleu Production, Bastien Dubois
Best live action short film…
“The Confession” (National Film and Television School), A National Film and Television School Production, Tanel Toom
“The Crush” (Network Ireland Television), A Purdy Pictures Production, Michael Creagh
“God of Love”, A Luke Matheny Production, Luke Matheny
“Na Wewe” (Premium Films), A CUT! Production, Ivan Goldschmidt
“Wish 143?, A Swing and Shift Films/Union Pictures Production, Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite
Achievement in sound editing…
“Inception” (Warner Bros.), Richard King 🙂
“Toy Story 3? (Walt Disney), Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
“Tron: Legacy” (Walt Disney), Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague 😐
“True Grit” (Paramount), Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey 😐
“Unstoppable” (20th Century Fox), Mark P. Stoeckinger 😐
Achievement in sound mixing…
“Inception” (Warner Bros.), Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick 🙂
“The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company), Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley
“Salt” (Sony Pictures Releasing), Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin 😡
“The Social Network” (Sony Pictures Releasing), Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten
“True Grit” (Paramount), Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
Achievement in visual effects…
“Alice in Wonderland” (Walt Disney), Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips 😡 😡 😡 😡 😡 😡 😡
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1? (Warner Bros.), Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
“Hereafter” (Warner Bros.), Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell
“Inception” (Warner Bros.), Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb 😯 😯
“Iron Man 2? (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment, Distributed by Paramount), Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick 🙂
- Christian Bale in The Fighter. We all knew it would happen but it still feels great that Bale finally got nominated and is the frontrunner for the win.
- Trent Reznor for Social Network. I honestly didn’t think the Oscars were progressive enough to know good music when they heard it.
- Dogtooth nominated for Foreign Film. Greece’s first nom in 30 years!
- Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine
- All the Winter’s Bone love. Totally didn’t expect it to get a Best Pic nom.
- After being snubbed so long ago for You Can Count On Me (his first role) Mark Ruffalo finally gets a nomination.
- John Hawkes!
- David O. Fucking Russell, congrats! You were snubbed for directing Three Kings so this one’s earned. Good movie to boot.
- Christopher Nolan for directing Inception–an average movie in my book but one with exceptionally noteworthy direction. The Oscars hate Nolan for some reason. And of all the things to nominated him for… they go with writing? Really?! The film has a clear visual mastery going for it but, come on, the story and plotting sucked and only exist to serve the visuals. It’s shocking and sad that a director of Nolan’s caliber, who is doing very interesting things with big Hollywood budgets is getting passed over. Nobody makes big movies like Nolan does and the Oscars love big movies (Avatar). So what gives? His Dark Knight is the reason the Best Picture nominees got increased to 10 and his snub here should really be looked at.
- Ryan Gosling–Michelle Williams, also very good, got nominated. But Gosling was amazing. I don’t get it.
- Ghost Writer–in almost all categories. Writing, directing, editing, cinematography, and acting (Brosnan and Williams esp).
- Scott Pilgrim–No sound or editing nominations? BS. Unstoppable got nominated but not Pilgrim!
- Shutter Island–It had a tiny bit of momentum but nobody was buying. Sad considering it’s Scorsese’s best movie in years.
- Leslie Manville for her performance in Another Year. So sad she missed out. She’s in good company though because the Oscars also snubbed Sally Hawkings in Leigh’s Happy Go Lucky. Something about wacky Leigh characters the Oscars don’t like.
- How does Annette Bening get nominated in Kids are All Right but not Julianne Moore? Benning is very good in that movie. Moore is every bit as good.
- Okay, Tron: Legacy sucked but to not nominated in the Best Visual Effects category is insane.
- Inception again. I just realized that it missed out on an editing nomination. The only two noms it should have gotten is directing and, yeah, editing. That is missed both is insane and they might as well have not nominated for Best Picture in that case (which would have been fine by me).
- I would say Waiting for Superman in the doc category except it’s not a snub if it shouldn’t have been nominated in the first place. Surprising, yes, snub no.
- Andrew Garfield had a good shot of getting nominated but the real best supporting actor in Social Network was Armie Hammer. Not was Armie Hammer snubbed but his twin, Armie Hammer, was also snubbed.
- Ditto Mila Kunis in Black Swan. She had great odds with a SAG and Globe nom but I felt her performance was lacking and unmemorable. Barbara Hershey was not and she should have been nominated in the supporting category. Hence the snub.
- A Clint Eastwood movie gets nominated for visual effects. Hum. Haven’t seen the film. And don’t want to but, hey, it’s Clint so I got to.
- Alice in Wonderland gets three nominations. That’s three nominations too many
- 127 Hours gets a Screenplay nod. Really?
- Inception also gets a Screenplay nomination. Makes no sense. That would be like nominating Avatar for its writing last year (which they didn’t).
- Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled that the GREAT Mike Leigh got his fifth writing nomination for his amazing work on Another Year. But, as with 127 Hours and Inception, this is not a writerly film. Plus, isn’t a lot of dialogue improv?
- True Grit is an okay movie. I liked it. And I like the Coen Brothers but this is not close to one of their better directed films. I don’t know how they slipped in this year over Boyle, Affleck, Nolan or some of the other buzzed about directors. I guess they’ll get nominated for making just about anything at this point. Time for a Ladykillers 2!
Overall, a solid list of nominees. Nothing too awful here. Some overrated films (Social Network, True Grit, etc.) but overrated films that are far from bad. I just this was a very weak year for movies in general so if this is the best Hollywood could do then I guess it could have been worse.